At its March 17, 2005 meeting the SBCAG Board established the November 7, 2006 general election as the target date for placing a renewal of Measure D before Santa Barbara County voters. Renewal of the measure will require 66.7% voter support due to changes in State law since the measure originally passed in 1989 with 55% voter support. Measure D is set to expire in April 2010.
The Board hired the private consulting firm Tramutola to assist the agency with determining if the November 2006 general election was the optimal time to seek a renewal, assist the agency with preparing an expenditure plan, ballot measure and ordinance that would be supported by voters, and to implement a legislative strategy that would keep city councils and the Board of Supervisors supportive of the entire effort, including voting to support placing the measure on the ballot. Tramutola leads a team comprised of True North Research and Terrain Consulting.